Food is Michael Antonorsi's life. Yet the president and master chocolatier of Chuao Chocolatier, based in Carlsbad, tapped into his culinary passion late in life.
Having earned a degree in engineering from UCSD, Antonorsi worked in telecommunications and computer networking for 14 years, before ultimately deciding to move to France and attend culinary school. Yet after deciding that the life of a restaurant chef wasn't the right fit for him, Antonorsi moved back to San Diego to start a business venture with his brother Richard.
With very little presence in the way of gourmet chocolate in San Diego, the Antonorsis saw the need for a more refined and adventurous type of chocolate maker in the region, and launched Chuao in 2002 in order to satisfy that need.
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